Nowadays a server is commonplace in almost every business, from global leading companies to brand new start-ups across every industry sector. It provides a safer, more efficient method for storing, managing and protecting data in a central location than merely having a set of individual computers.
Some very small businesses can get away without a server, using email to communicate and share documents. Many however either become too big or find their computers slowing down as they fill up with data. Buying a server for your specific business needs can be confusing. Avoid spending too much or little by considering what you need and researching first.
Depending on your business, its purpose for getting and using a server will impact on the type and size required. For companies with under ten employees that will mainly be using a server for file sharing and backup then more simplistic options such as a Windows Home Server will suffice. Pinnacle Data offer such solutions. For larger businesses which have more than ten employees, huge storage and backup requirements, complex database management and running other server based programs, then a more powerful choice is needed.
Tower, Rack and Blade Servers
Tower servers provide a more powerful option which can operate on the floor or desk, are fast and feature plenty of RAM. They are ideal for smaller businesses and come with a lower price tag but this is reflected by the fact they don’t allow much expansion when their limit is reached.
For larger companies or those expecting to grow rapidly a rack or blade server is a better choice. Rack servers allow you to add many together in a relatively small space so you can increase memory and storage when needed without using up more floor space. Blade servers operate in a similar vein but use a chassis in which new servers are added by sliding a blade into it. Both blade and rack servers require plenty of cooling as they deal with more power.
Consider the Cloud
Using a cloud service offers a cheaper alternative but is only really useful for smaller companies. No IT staff are required for its upkeep and it will automatically update, which saves on expenses. However, security is always an issue and if the cloud company you’ve chosen goes down then a lot of important data will be lost.
Network Attached Storage
Network Attached Storage (NAS) is an external hard drive with a network interface. This provides another cheaper option which operates separately from computers. Modern versions have become more sophisticated and supply a file, print, mail and other server features in one small package. Choose the option best suited to your business and budget for a smooth work process.
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